Linda, I’m no relation but have found everything that you asked for, maybe more. Sit back, have a cup of coffee and expect to read for a while. The U.S. Census information is from Heritage Quest. It takes a password to access but is normally provided by your local library for home access and it is free. The Family Search web site is also free and is the Mormon, LDS site and the listings that have sources available to read and save are usually pretty accurate. Other listings without a source document need to be researched more but provide a good starting point.
Joel W. Norris, born July 11, 1849, Sandwich, Massachusetts; father William Norris; occupation, Mariner; born Sandwich; mother Mary Norris born Sandwich. Joel was an only child of William and Mary. Mary is shown in a later census with having one child and one child living.
United States Census, Massachusetts, Barnstable, Sandwich 1860
William S. Norris, 44, M, Farmer
Mary Norris, 35, F
Joel, W. Norris, 10, M
Samuel Sampson, 71, M (Possibly father of Mary Norris)
Samuel Sampson Jr., 28, M, family next door; possibly brother of Mary Norris.
Massachusetts State Census, 1865; Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Wm Norris, 42, M, MA, Farmer
Mary Norris, 36, F, Maine
Joel W. Norris, 16, M, MA
United States Census, Massachusetts, Barnstable, Orleans 1860
Joshua Gross, 60, M, Mariner, Mass
Elmira Gross, 35, F, Mass
Melinda J. Gross, 23, F, Domestic, Mass
Almena W. Gross, 2, F, Mass
Found Almena as a 2 year old on this census in Orleans in 1860. Orleans is located out on Cape Cod in the elbow where the bend is, like an arm. Joshua Gross is her father and Elmira/Almira Gross is her mother. Joshua Gross and Almira Rogers were married Jan 3, 1856 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. It is the second marriage for both of them. “Rogers” is Almira’s first married name. Her father is listed on her marriage record as Edmund Moses Long. Almena is the only child of Joshua and Almira. Melinda Gross is one of several half-sisters from Joshua’s first marriage and she is named after her mother, Melinda Gross. Melinda Gross, the mother, died Jun 2, 1855, Orleans, Barnstable, Mass. Joshua Gross died Dec 28, 1863 in Orleans. He was born in 1799, Orland, Maine to Henry and Susanna Gross.
Massachusetts State Census, 1865; Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Almira Gross, F, 47, Massachusetts
Almena Gross, F, 6, Massachusetts
I could not find either family on the US Census for 1870.
Joel W. Norris and Alminer (Almena) Gross married March 16, 1878, Sandwich, Massachusetts
Almena’s parents are not shown on the original source document. Joel and Almena had 10 children, 7 were alive in 1900.
United States Census, Massachusetts, Barnstable, Sandwich 1880
Norris, William S., W, M, 59, Farmer
Mary A., W, F, 53, Keeping House
Joel, W. , W, M, 30, Son, Farm Laborer
Almena W., W, F, 22, Dau in Law, At Home
Ida F., W, F, 7/12 Oct,
Ida F, Norris, born Oct 25, 1879, Sandwich, Massachusetts
United States Census, Massachusetts, Barnstable, Bourne 1900
Norris, Jowel W., Head, W, M, July 1849, 50, Married 22 years
Almena W., Wife, W, F, ? 1854, 43, Married 22 years, 10 children, 7 alive
Lewis G., Son, W, M, Aug 1881, 19, S
William R., Son, W, M, Oct 1886, 16, S
Ernest T., Son, W, M, Mar 1888, 12, S
Charles E., Son, W, M, Dec 1891, 9, S
Chester R., Son, W, M, Dec 1893, 6, S
Pearl M., Dau, W, F, Sep 1897, 2, S
Lewis’s birth record shows he was born Aug 14, 1881, Sandwich, Mass
William’s (Willie) birth record shows he was born Dec 6 1886, Bourne, Mass
There is a death record for Nellie S. Norris on Dec 9, 1886, 4 days old. This would indicate that William and Nellie were twins with Nellie possibly being born Dec 5, 1886.
Charles’s birth record shows he was born Dec 13, 1890, Bourne, Mass
Chester’s Birth record shows he was born Dec 7, 1893, Bourne, Mass
Almena was pregnant at the time of census as another son is born Aug 11, 1900, Myron T. Norris, Bourne, Mass.
Marriage record for William R. Norris, marries Sophronia F. Pells, Apr 14, 1908 in Sandwich. She is an Indian, parents Silas G. Pells and Annie Nye.
United States Census, Massachusetts, Barnstable, Bourne 1910
Almena W. Norris, Head, W, F, 53
Louis G., Son, W, M, 28
Ernest B., Son, W, M, 22
Charles S. E., Son, W, M, 19
Chester R., Son, W, M, 17
Pearl M., Dau, W, F, 12
Myron T., W, M, 9
Norris, Joel W., Head, M, W, 60, Married 30 years
Mary A., Mother, F, W, 83, WD, one child, one child living
Almena Weston Norris died May 19, 1911, age 53, Bournedale, Mass
Marriage record for Lewis/Louis G. Norris, marries Bessie L. Allen, Sep 25, 1912 in Sandwich. Marriage registered in Sandwich and Bourne, Mass. Her parents are Jesse F. Allen and Adelia B. Nye.
United States Census, Massachusetts, Barnstable, Bourne 1920
Norris, Joel, Head, M, W, 70, WD
Myron , Son, M, W, 19, S
Norris, William, Head, M, W, 36, M
Sophronia, Wife, F, IN, 36, M
Milton, Son, M, IN, 17, S
Viola, Dau, F, IN, 12, S
Wilfred, Son, M, IN, 10, S
Allen, Frank J., Head, M, W, 75, M
Adela, Wife, F, W, 71, M
Norris, Louis, Son in Law, M, W, 37, M
Bessie, Dau, F, W, 37, M
Vivian, Dau F, W, 9, S
Do you know if Charles Norris was in the military? The only Charles Norris of the proper age, birth location and parents’ birth location is a soldier in Illinois. This would also put him in the vicinity of his future bride and the proper time frame.
United States Census, Illinois, Winnebago, Camp Grant 1920
Norris, Charles, M, W, 30, S, POB Mass. Father, Mass, Mother, Mass, Occupation Soldier
I did not find Joel W. Norris’s death date recorded in 1922 according to his headstone.
Joel and Almena Norris share a head stone and are buried in the Sagamore Cemetery, Sagamore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Picture of head stone and memorial is on findagrave.com.
Good hunting, William Perry